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      Science to Policy Summit: Plastics & the Columbia River in Vancouver


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      June 21, 2019

      Friday  10:00 AM

      301 West 6th Street
      Vancouver, Washington 98660

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      Science to Policy Summit: Plastics & the Columbia River

      Our Annual Science to Policy Summit will address the pervasive problem of plastics in the lower Columbia River. Plastics are an integral part of daily life. But too much of it ends up in our rivers, streams, and oceans, causing harm to wildlife and human health. Over time, plastics break down into toxic components and are ingested by many fish and other seafood, making their way up the food chain.  Single-use plastic use in particular has exploded in recent decades. Straws, food packaging, single-use grocery bags—these products are not meant to last and readily break down into toxic components. Gather with the Estuary Partnership, local business representatives, scientists, and policymakers on Friday, June 21 as we discuss what we know, what is being done, and what we need to do to reduce single-use plastics.  Key questions we will explore include: What do we know about the scope of the problem along the lower Columbia River? How does plastic pollution, and especially microplastics, affect the ecology of the river and keystone species like salmon?  What steps are restaurants, grocery stores, and municipalities taking to reduce their use of plastics? What impediments do they have to greater plastics reduction?  Panelists include: Hillary Barbour - Burgerville Jocelyn Quarrell - Go Box Thomas Rozwod - NORPAC Betty Shelley - Reduce Your Waste Project Ashley Lopez - Trash for Peace Alli Kingfisher - Washington Department of Ecology Your registration includes coffee and lunch.

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